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Keys to a Successful Wireless Device Packaging Design

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 | 0 comments

As the market for cell phones and mp3 players continues to skyrocket, wireless device providers are looking for a packaging design that stands out among their competition. The hardware and software are growing increasingly close to one another so relying on the device’s capabilities alone is no longer an option. And in addition to an eye-catching display the plastic packaging must also provide a durable shell for these sensitive electronics from the warehouse of the packaging company to the retail aisle. There are several packaging companies out there who can swiftly adjust with the demands of their clients, which is essential in this highly competitive industry. Here are three characteristics of a winning packaging design all wireless device providers need to consider when choosing a packaging company for their products: Visibility When a potential customer is browsing down a retail aisle, their eyes will be naturally drawn to the most attractive packaging design. While gaining their attention is the first step, allowing them to instantly recognize the product is important as well. Graphic insert cards can be easily formatted to...

Basic Thermoforming

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 | 1 comments

The thermoforming process is really a very simple one.   Thermoforming is the process of heating a material to its forming temperature and applying force to the hot sheet to push it into cavities or over a mold so the material conforms to the shape of the mold.  The forces applied are any of three different methods:  mechanical assist (plugs), vacuum, and form air. Material is supplied in rolls or resin pellets.  Rolls are either produced in an extrusion facility or purchased.  Resin pellets are used for in-line thermoforming and for extruding roll stock.  Plastic Ingenuity has its own extrusion capabilities so it has more control of the entire process. The extruded plastic sheet is fed into the thermoformer and carried into the heating area on chains.  The chains advance the sheet through the heating oven, form station, and trim station of the thermoforming machine. When the material reaches its optimal forming temperature in the oven, it is transported to the forming station where the mold begins to close on the pliable sheet.  For most molds, plugs force the material into...

Considerations for Selecting Product Packaging for Retail

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | 1 comments

After a product is created, the way it is displayed in the packaging is another important aspect. Depending upon the store where this merchandise will be sold determines what the packaging should look like as well as how it should be displayed. Retail stores come in a variety of shapes and sizes; and because of this, retailers face some challenges when deciding what is the most suitable format of packaging for their merchandise. For example, should the item be hung or stocked on shelves? Will the way it is displayed be more beneficial to the consumer for easy access or will it be easier to restock for the retailer? All of these questions are essential for retailers to deliberate. Hung or Stacked In most retail displays there are two main ways of showing merchandise: hanging the item or stacking the item. According to the shape of the product, if an item is round or irregularly shaped it must be hung by packaging it in something such as a clamshell, blister or trifold that suspends the object within the packaging with...

Basics of Plastic Vacuum Forming

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 | 0 comments

  Thermoformed packaging is a complicated discipline that requires a great deal of understanding of materials, and the actual methods used to create the package. Plastic vacuum forming is one of the most simplified of these methods. This process generally mimics many of the thermoforming principles, with potential cost saving measures for the client. The Process Vacuum formed packaging is created by stretching heated plastic sheet over a mold. This mold has been created to resemble the item to be packaged. Then vacuum is applied to press the sheet to the mold. Because the plastic sheet is heated, it’s pliable which allows it to form to the shape of the mold. Nevertheless, vacuum formed packaging is mainly used for items shallow in depth. The Benefits of Vacuum Forming Overall the costs of vacuum forming are typically lower compared to a full thermoforming packaging process that utilizes plug assists.  The cost of plastics is lower because of using single surface molds as well as thinner gauge plastics. Likewise, the costs of machinery are reduced because of the simplicity of the production...